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What Catholics in the pews think about abortion is not clear—and we don’t ever talk about it.
FaithFaith and Reason
Joe Laramie, S.J.
The writings of St. Ignatius Loyola and the traditional Catholic devotion to the Sacred Heart highlight a specific aspect of the Eucharist: friendship.
An engraving by Stephen Verstegan (c. 1581)  showing the arrest of a priest and several women who had sheltered him. (By permission of the Governors of Stonyhurst College. Copyright Stonyhurst College).
Arts & CultureArt
Emily Claire Schmitt
A new exhibit at Stonyhurst College is a powerful testament to the role women played in maintaining the faith through dark times.
Arts & CultureIdeas
Stephen G. Adubato
The music industry didn’t know what do with Lauryn Hill’s rare, self-confessing and Christ-centered performance.
Michael J. O’Loughlin
A former high-ranking official at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who resigned following allegations that he logged onto a dating app, has a new assignment.
Inside the Vatican
Colleen and Gerry examine the pope’s rhetorical shift from describing a third world war fought “piecemeal” to a “declared” world war.
Bishop Lucas Van Looy of Ghent, Belgium, was among 21 new cardinals named by Pope Francis on May 29, 2022. Bishop Van Looy is pictured in a Oct. 14, 2015 photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service
Retired Bishop Lucas Van Looy of Ghent, Belgium, asked Pope Francis to withdraw his nomination, and the pope agreed.
Bishop Robert J. McManus in red vestments and a miter at St. Peter’s Basilica.
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester, Mass., stripped the “Catholic” moniker from a Jesuit-run school over its decision to continue flying flags supporting L.G.B.T. pride and Black Lives Matter.
Arts & CultureBooks
James T. Keane
Fintan O’Toole reflects on the last 64 years in Ireland—a time when Irish life was almost completely transformed.
Politics & SocietyNews
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service
Donations from the United States led charitable giving to the annual Peter’s Pence collection, which supports the work of the Roman Curia and funds the charitable activity of the pope.
J.D. Long-García
Pew reports that only 32 percent of U.S. Catholics believe in the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The U.S. bishops are trying to make that number go up.
Pope Francis, seated, presses his hand against his face
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
The pope has issued new regulations for the creation of religious groups, with the apparent intent of preventing anti-Vatican II and abusive organizations to form.
Christina MacDougall places a wedding band on Julio Prendergast's finger as Msgr. Francis J. Schneider officiates their wedding Mass Aug. 20, 2021, at St. John the Baptist Church in Wading River, N.Y. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service
Pope Francis said “superficial” marriage preparation programs leave many couples at risk of having invalid marriages or unprepared to cope with the struggles that arise in every marriage.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Jim McDermott
These hearings are an attempt to reassure us all that the American story we were taught as kids is not some fairytale that adults told us to help us sleep or to make us easier to manipulate.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
“I am deeply grateful that members of Congress have undertaken bipartisan negotiations to address the plague of gun violence in our nation,” Archbishop Paul S. Coakley said.
FaithThe Good Word
Terrance Klein
With Vatican II and the return of the sacred liturgy to the faithful, Corpus Christi seemed to become a relic of an earlier, deprived spirituality. But the church tends to rearrange her treasures rather than abandon them.
FaithFaith in Focus
J.D. Long-García
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s tenure was not without controversy, but in my nine years of working with him, I found him to be a prayerful, generous and thoughtful man.
Politics & SocietyFaith in Focus
Maggi Van Dorn
In the aftermath of sexual trauma, making a woman’s body the site of a legal battle is traumatic itself.
A person in a neon traffic vest holds a ziploc bag containing a note which reads, "it is not too late to change your mind."
Politics & SocietyNews
Matt Sedensky - Associated Press
Pro-life activists who have been working against abortion since Roe see hope for the first time in decades.
Pope Francis
In his general audience, Pope Francis implored Catholics to take care of the elderly as a community of faith.